HBCU DIGEST: Daily Briefing – Dec. 2, 2021

FAMU SOAH Announces $1.5M Partnership with HCA  Healthcare

HCA Healthcare donates $1.5 million to FAMU School of Allied Health Sciences

The partnership is part of HCA Healthcare’s broader commitment announced earlier this year to give $10 million over the next three years to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in order to advance diversity in health care.

The partnership between HCA Healthcare and FAMU will help increase undergraduate and graduate student enrollment in the School of Allied Health Sciences, with funding directed toward scholarships and internships to support the next generation of health care leaders. Additionally, the funding will support the building and operations of the School of Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab that will be named the HCA Florida Healthcare Simulation Lab.

Florida A&M University

North Carolina A&T awarded $5.1 NIH grant to upgrade biomedical research facility

The facility will undergo a complete redesign to make better use of its 13,000 square feet. The project also includes upgrades to the latest equipment and control systems to better serve the needs of A&T’s biomedical researchers, said Andrea Gentry-Apple, DVM, the university’s coordinator of veterinary education and clinical associate veterinarian. 

“It just needs a good facelift,” Gentry-Apple said. “Being able to provide students and researchers with a state-of-the-art facility for their biomedical research and training is our goal.” 

North Carolina A&T State University

87% of HBCU students support student loan debt cancellation

Nearly 9 in 10 Black students attending historically Black colleges and universities favor debt cancellation, according to a study conducted by education and lending advocacy groups.

Eighty-seven percent of respondents strongly support debt cancellation while more than 90% of Black borrowers support policies that address institutional funding disparities and family wealth gaps that leave Black HBCU graduates with higher student loan debt than their white peers, according to the survey and focus groups conducted by UNCF, the Durham-based Center for Responsible Lending and UNC Center for Community Capital.

Herbert White – The Charlotte Post

Elite Basketball Recruits’ Interest in HBCU Still Real, Less Loud

A year and a half later, with less national headlines surrounding racial and social issues, the social media posts have halted to an extremely slow drip at best, which begs the question: Is HBCU interest still real among elite players or was it all just a knee-jerk reaction to the moment?

Howard men’s basketball coach Kenny Blakeney said it’s “still very real,” but that “the narrative is a lot less focused than it was last year.”

Jason Jordan – Sports Illustrated

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